…and, with that, to raise better humans for the future.
I have two kids. They’re 7 and 5. They both already love books and stories, but there’s a long way ahead for me to finish my master plan to turn them into bookworms, the biggest legacy I’ll leave them.
Today is Children’s Book Day and Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. For that, I thought it was cool to tell you this secret: reading books to and with your children is the best gift you can give them.
If you didn’t know that already, you’re welcome. And if you did, you’re smart.
But here’s why reading with children is good for them:
■ It increases their exposure to language, helps develop their speech and language skills, and can help them discover a love of language, which allows them to communicate better.
■ It engages their imaginations and stimulates imaginative play, which the most primitive method they use to learn about the world, but also the best method we have to come up with creative solutions to problems.
■ It tells them about the things and places they may not have a chance to learn otherwise, which amplifies their knowledge of the world, history, and a myriad of other things.
■ It helps them work out their feelings and emotions, they learn about empathy, values, morals, and they have the opportunity to find their fears and problems solved in other stories.
But children won’t just pick books by themselves like Matilda. They won’t create a love for books on their own. We have to stimulate that by telling stories to them, by reading books to and with them, and by giving them the example.
Here, we read together before bed. We finished THE LITTLE PRINCE a few weeks ago. We read THE BOY IN THE MIRROR, by Fernando Sabino, a book that I read when I was a kid and never ceases to be amazing (even for me nowadays). We’re currently reading THE LITTLE VAMPIRE, by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg, and…
☕️ What book should we read next? What book did you love as a child or loved reading to your children, if you have any?
■ via @beardbetweenthelines